The latest industry news to your inbox.


I'd like to hear about marketing opportunities


I accept IQ Magazine's Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy


Peter van der Veer steps down at EAA and Ahoy Rotterdam

The European Arenas Association will elect a new CEO in April, following the departure after nine months of Ahoy's van der Veer

By Jon Chapple on 01 Feb 2019

Peter van der Veer, Rotterdam Ahoy, European Arenas Association (EAA)

Peter van der Veer

Peter van der Veer has stepped down as CEO of both the European Arenas Association (EAA) and the Ahoy Rotterdam venue.

Van der Veer, who joined the association in 2006 and has been an active board member since 2012, was elected EAA CEO last April, replacing AEG Europe’s Brian Kabatznick. He had been joint CEO of the Ahoy – whose Ahoy Arena has a capacity of 15,000 – since 2011, alongside Jolanda Jansen, the pair taking over from Jos van der Vegt.

According to Jansen, van der Veer’s resignation – which “came as a surprise” to the venue’s 250 staff – came due to “some differences of opinion” with the Ahoy’s management. Jansen has confirmed to IQ she stays on as solo CEO.

“The group will elect a new president at their next meeting in Kaunas, Lithuania, in April”

In a statement provided to IQ on behalf of the EAA board, the association says it will elect a new CEO later this year.

“Peter van der Veer has resigned his position as president of the EAA,” it reads. “The group will elect a new president at their next meeting in Kaunas, Lithuania, in April. Until then the EAA board members are maintaining direction of the association.”

The EAA, founded in 1991, represents 36 arenas across 22 European countries.


Get more stories like this in your inbox by signing up for IQ Index, IQ’s free email digest of essential live music industry news.

More news

EAA appoints new president Peter van der Veer Van der Veer, of the Netherlands' Rotterdam Ahoy, succeeds AEG's Brian Kabatznick, whose three-year term has come to an end
Rotterdam Ahoy begins construction of new music ve... The Ahoy's new RTM Stage, which will open in late 2020, will function as a music venue, events space, auditorium and theatre
Royal Albert Hall’s Lucy Noble elected NAA c... Noble, artistic and commercial director of Britain's oldest arena, succeeds Martin Ingham as National Arenas Association chair
Venue Management Association hires new CEO Veteran sports management exec Michael Brierley is tasked with 'building the VMA brand' throughout the Asia-Pacific region
Two new appointments for Arena Network Natalie Caplan has been promoted to VP of entertainment, replaced as entertainment director by ex-LN project manager Denise Gonzales, at the 32-strong...arena association